Episode 3

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15th May 2020

The Two Anwars

How did the Branch 251 trial actually come about? 

Your hosts Karam and Fritz talked to someone who played an important role in transforming the terrible stories of these crimes into legal cases: Anwar Al Bunni. He has been instrumental in building the case and kick-starting this first criminal trial against Syrian officials. 

He was also imprisoned himself simply because he was doing his job as a human rights lawyer defending political prisoners in Syria. Eight years ago, he was detained in Branch 251 and was face to face with the main accused Anwar R. who slapped him in the face. But then, he saw him again, years later. In a refugee center in Berlin. And now, once more, in a court of law.

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About the Podcast

Branch 251
Syrian Atrocity Crimes on Trial

Branch 251 takes you to the heart of the world’s first criminal trial dealing with atrocity crimes committed by Syrian officials.

Prosecutors in the German city of Koblenz accuse two alleged henchmen of the Syrian government of crimes against humanity committed at ‘Branch 251’ detention center near Damascus.

Branch 251 gives you a weekly update on the trial. With portraits of the main protagonists. Commentary, analysis, and testimony from the courtroom. Especially from victims and their families looking for justice. But will a German court in a city few people have heard of be able to deliver due process? Or are there too many obstacles looming on the horizon?



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About your hosts

Fritz Streiff

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Fritz is an atrocity crimes and human rights lawyer who has a big problem with global injustice. He is currently based in Paris, France.

International justice is his big passion. Though podcasts follow pretty closely.

Karam Shoumali

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Karam Shoumali is a multi-lingual Syrian researcher, journalist, and expert on Syrian and Kurdish politics and the Syrian diaspora. Born and raised in Syria, He has played a major role in The New York Times’ coverage of the Syrian war and the resulting refugee crisis in Europe and Germany.